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Seven Philly rising seniors picked to compete in ESPN Rise Warrior 40 event for top players in nation

Monday, 14th June 2010

Categories Boy's/Men's, Delaware, Features  

By Chris Goldberg, Posted 6/14/10

Seven top-rated juniors from Philadelphia have been invited to participate in the ESPN Rise Warrior 40 lacrosse training event, which features many of the country’s top players in the rising senior boys’ class.

Haverford School’s Brendan McGrath (midfielder), Goran Murray (long stick midfielder) and Carl

Haverford School's Brendan McGrath is one of seven Philly players invited to participate in prestigious ESPN Rise 40 Warrior event (Photo by Scott Growney)

Walrath (attackman), Penn Charter’s Joey Sankey (attackman), Conestoga’s Brian Dailey (long stick midfielder), and Salesianum School’s Ryan Kilpatrick (defenseman) have accepted invitations and will travel to Harvard University in Boston on July 8-9 for the event, which is being run in conjunction with the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game weekend.

La Salle’s Kevin Forster (attackman) also has been invited to participate, and told today he plans to accept his invitation.

The players will open their weekend with a welcome dinner on July 7 and then have a college-style practice run by MLL players where they will receive expert coaching. They will also get the chance to engage with MLL Players at the MLL All-Star Game. The next day they will play in a competition series.

All seven of the Philly players have committed to major Division I schools. Forster and Murray have committed to Maryland, Kilpatrick and Sankey to North Carolina, Dailey to National champion Duke, McGrath to Princeton and Walrath to Virginia.

Last year Inside Lacrosse ranked all seven of the Philly players among its top 50 rising Young Guns Juniors. Forster was No. 7, Sankey was No. 13, Walrath was No. 20, Kilpatrick was No. 21, Murray was No. 25, McGrath was No. 30 and Dailey was No. 42.

“It is definitely a great honor to be chosen for this,” said McGrath, who helped Haverford School finish 20-4, share the Inter-Ac League title and win the Inter-Ac League Invitational. “I was happy and surprised to be invited.

“We’re going to get to watch the All-Star Game and meet some of the players at some point. Then we’re going to have a skills competition and have a practice day to get a feel for the other players. It’s a cool idea – it’s an awesome group of players to play with. I’ve probably seen a lot of them in our games against the Baltimore schools.”

McGrath said it’s an honor for Haverford School to send three players to the event.

“The fact we have three from Haverford School is a great thing,” he said. “The coaching staff is one of the best high school staffs in the country – not only what they do on the field, but what they do off the field.”

Besides the three Haverford School players, the rest of the Philly invitees helped their teams enjoy much success in 2010. Dailey helped Conestoga epeat as District 1 champion and win its first pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championships and Forster helped the Explorers win a seventh straight Catholic League crown and advance to the state finals.

Kilpatrick helped Salesianum reach the finals of the Delaware State Championships and Sankey scored 47 goals and earned first-team All-Inter-Ac honors for PC.

Committed players
(From ESPN Rise)
Konnor Beard St. Mary’s (Annapolis, Md) M
Christian Bennardo St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) A
James Bitter Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, Mass.) A
James Breit Delbarton (Delbarton, N.J.) D
Eric Chadderdon Hamburg (Hamburg, N.Y.) D
Jeff Chase Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) M
Logan Connolly St. Mary’s (Annapolis, Md.) A
John Connors Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) G
Brian Dailey Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) D
Mike Daniello John Jay (Cross River, N.Y.) A
Gregory Danseglio St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) D
Ryan DeSimone Smithtown East (St. James, N.Y.) A
Thomas Dobyns Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) A
Conor Doyle Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) A
Brian Fischer Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.) M
Jake Gambitsky Wantagh (Wantagh, N.Y.) G
Tyler German Queen Anne’s (Centreville, Md.) M
Bryson Greene McDonogh D
Bobby Gribbin Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.) M
Thomas Grimm Carthage (Carthage, N.Y.) A
Rhody Heller Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) G
Stephen Jahelka Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.) D
Myles Jones Walt Whitman (Huntington Station, N.Y.) M
Albert Kammler St. Alban’s (McLean, Va.) D
John Kelly Bullis School (Potomac, Md.) D
Ryan Kilpatrick Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.) D
Joseph LoCasico St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) A
Sean Mahon Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) M
William Mazzone Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.) A
Brendan McGrath Haverford (Haverford, Pa.) M
Jackson Meyers Arundel (Gambrills, Md.) D
Goran Murray Haverford (Haverford, Pa.) D
Tanner Ottenbreit Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) D
Peter Rossetti Collegiate School (Richmond, Va.) D
Joey Sankey Penn Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.) A
David Solomon St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.) A
Wells Stanwick Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) A
Brian Sullivan Bishop Timon-St. Jude (Buffalo, N.Y.) M
Ryan Tucker Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) M
Carl Walrath Haverford (Haverford, Pa.) A
Bob Wardwell Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.) G


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